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Emma at 200

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Emma, Jane Austen's beloved novel featuring the beautiful, rich, match-making Emma Woodhouse, has been delighting readers for a full 200 years. Though we doubt Ms. Woodhouse would ever admit her age, our Deluxe 200th Anniversary edition of Emma may have her reconsidering. Beautifully designed by illustrator Dadu Shin, edited by Juliette Wells and complete with illustrations from early editions drawn from Goucher College's Jane Austen Collection, Emma's as fun as it was 200 years ago, but it’s never looked so good.

The Liars’ Club

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20 years ago Mary Karr single-handedly reinvented the art of the memoir with The Liars' Club, her story of an apocalyptic childhood populated with characters as darkly funny as they are destructive. Though the years between that first publication and today have seen any number of imitations come and go, Karr’s story has remained distinct—and distinctly popular. Now in a stunning Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Edition with a foreword by the equally distinctive Lena Dunham, The Liars’ Club is ready for another 20 years at the top of its genre.

Little Black Classics

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Penguin Books turns 80 this year, and to celebrate we're releasing a special boxed set of 80 Little Black Classics—pocket-sized and millennia—spanning selections from writers as diverse as Sappho, Pu Songling and Tolstoy. The Little Black Classics hearken back to the origins of Penguin, when Allen Lane decided to introduce a series of paperbacks that were simultaneously low-cost and high-quality. Thus was Penguin Books born.

Penguin Horror

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Our popular Penguin Horror series edited by Guillermo del Toro—a set of six deluxe hardcovers featuring writing by masters of the genre and gruesome cover designs by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley—rises from the grave to adorn bookshelves every autumn. A dripping heart, ominous raven or unspeakable lagoon-creature could be the perfect touch for your Halloween setup this year.

Classics A-to-Z

Alan Walker

With an unbelievable two complete cycles under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales has embarked on yet another Penguin Classics reading marathon from A–Z. This time, instead of choosing books by the author name, he’s reading one book by title per letter of the alphabet. Read Alan’s latest blog entries (now at B), as well as his first and second marathons.

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics

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Named one of the Best Apps of 2013 by Apple, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. You'll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art.

  • Four poems are included free.
  • 25 poems available in the Poetry Shop (plus the first part of "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám") with new additions every month through the first half of 2014
  • Works by Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats, James Weldon Johnson, and eighteen other iconic poets
  • Five difficulty stages and twenty ranks of success

The Centurions

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Jean Lartéguy's The Centurions first enthralled readers fifty-five years ago before sinking out of the public consciousness, but over the decades the novel—long out of print and nearly impossible to find—attained cult status with military buffs. Our new edition, with a foreword by foreign affairs expert Robert D. Kaplan, brings Lartéguy’s tale of paratroopers in Algeria and French Indochina to an audience as inundated by the global conflagrations of war as his first readers were back in 1960.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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150 years after its initial publication, readers of Lewis Carroll are still delighting in believing six impossible things before breakfast, coming up with curiouser and curiouser explanations for how a raven is like a writing desk, and reliving adventures and friendships with the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen and Alice herself. Our Classics Deluxe anniversary edition is introduced by Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman's Tale and First Impressions and former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

Mark Twain and The Republic of Imagination

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Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen provides the introduction and notes for both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its pseudo-sequel, the ever-controversial Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, contributes the foreword to Huck Finn, a title she examines as a linchpin of American culture in her own upcoming title The Republic of Imagination.

Stage & Screen

In the Heart of the Sea

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It's been notoriously difficult to make a good Moby-Dick film, but we fully expect to be thrilled by In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth and opening December 11th. Inspired by the events that sparked the great American novel, In the Heart of the Sea pulls from Nathaniel Philbrick's book of the same name to tell the story of the Essex and its crew's harrowing struggle for survival on the open ocean. There's even an appearance by Melville, played by Ben Whishaw. For a deeper understanding of the Essex's history, look no further than our black spine edition of The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale, a collection of the crew's first-hand accounts with an introduction from the father-and-son team of Thomas and Nathaniel Philbrick.

Queen of the Desert

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In the aptly-titled Queen of the Desert, directed by Werner Herzog and slated for release in September, Nicole Kidman plays a young Gertrude Bell, the Victorian explorer who many have called the female Lawrence of Arabia. An accomplished mountaineer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy who helped define the boundaries of the Middle East, Bell was also a gifted writer and poet. A collection of her letters, diary entries, and travel writings appeared just this year in our beautiful black spine Classic A Woman in Arabia, edited and introduced by Georgina Howell.

Arthur Miller at 100

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Miller revivals take on special significance this year as we celebrate the American playwright's centennial. Notable productions include Ivo van Hove's A View from the Bridge at Lincoln Center, Michael Wilson's Incident at Vichy at Signature Theatre and Jim Petosa's Broken Glass at Watertown, MA's Arsenal Center for the Arts. Study up on all three beforehand with our new Penguin Arthur Miller collection, available in both Deluxe and limited-edition bespoke hardcover editions.


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The Bard hits the page, the stage, and the big screen in new adaptations this fall and winter. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star as the Macbeths in Justin Kurzel's new film, while Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Lyndsey Turner's stage production of Hamlet at the Barbican in London. And here at Penguin, our updated editions of King Lear, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, edited by Stephen Orgel and with striking modern cover designs by Manuja Waldia, hit shelves at the end of March.

Thérèse Raquin

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Nearly 150 years after the publication of Émile Zola's original novel, Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut in a new adaptation at Studio 54 in New York City. Previews for Evan Cabnet's production begin on the first of October and run into the new year.

Far from the Madding Crowd

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Thomas Hardy's classic Wessex novel gets an injection of star power in Thomas Vinterberg's film adaptation, which opens in May in the United States. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, an independent soul whose transfer to a rural estate attracts the attentions of three unique suitors. Our new Hardcover Classics edition of Hardy’s breakout novel is based on his original 1874 manuscript and includes introductions by Rosemarie Morgan and Shannon Russell.

Testament of Youth

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One of the great enduring works to spring from the War to End All Wars, Vera Brittain's memoir will hit the big screen in June 2015. James Kent's adaptation has already been nominated for awards in Britain, so now is the perfect time to brush up on her story with our black spine edition of the book, which is at once an elegy for lost innocence, a history of the first war to span the globe, and an early paean to the power of feminism in a world gone mad.

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert's notorious masterpiece—which became a bestseller thanks in part to its 1857 obscenity trial—has enthralled and scandalized readers for over 150 years. When Sophie Barthes' adaptation (billed as the first to be directed by a woman) opens in June, audiences will see whether Mia Wasikowska's Emma Bovary will live up to Flaubert's original creation. Our new Hardcover Classics edition, with an introduction by translator Geoffrey Wall and preface by novelist Michéle Roberts, will hit bookshelves before the lights go down.

Sherlock Holmes

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Like Watson for Holmes, Ian McKellen seems a perfect match for an aged Sherlock. Bill Condon's July adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind revisits the sleuth in what should be his twilight years, as he revisits a mystery that could shed light on his own past. After watching you'll be primed to pick up our upcoming Classics Deluxe collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's four Sherlock novels, complete with an introduction by Washington Post literary columnist Michael Dirda.

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